Unfair EditorialThe Sun's recent editorial on Oliver...


January 25, 1994

Unfair Editorial

The Sun's recent editorial on Oliver North's Virginia Senate campaign surprised me.

Although The Sun has a well-known reputation for adding a liberal spin to its reporting of the news, I have always considered the editorial section to be consistently fair.

Unfortunately, your editorial bashing of Ollie North displayed an unfair viciousness that I did not expect from The Sun.

It would appear that Mr. North's broad public support and excellent chance to win the Senate seat in Virginia has driven The Sun's editorial staff to expose its liberal side.

By attacking Mr. North's integrity with unsubstantiated insinuation, you have cast doubts on your own ability to express opinions as impartial observers seeking the truth.

In order for The Sun to attempt to maintain its integrity, perhaps it should consider simply reporting the news of politics rather than trying to play it.

Brian R. Morrison


Pigtown Lives

Although the secondary headline of your recent feature on Pigtown claimed, "Thieves carry off nearly everything but area's spirit," interested readers had to wade through 52 inches of copy before getting to anything remotely positive about the neighborhood.

Why were so many examples of the community spirit overlooked?

No mention was made of the many ecumenical services shared throughout the year by the area churches. No long-time residents were interviewed to find out what they like about Pigtown that keeps them there.

Although it was reported that 18 homes have been renovated and sold, no new home buyers were asked what attracted them to the neighborhood in the first place.

Did anyone talk to the members of the new theater group planning to open on Washington Boulevard?

Did Mike Klingaman interview anyone connected with the Gwynns Falls Greenway project, a hiking-biking trail stretching seven miles from Lincoln Park to the Middle Branch of Gwynns Falls, which intersects approximately 20 communities?

Other major city programs slated for the area -- including the Carroll Park restoration, and plans for over 100 new town homes in the old Kopper's lot -- were glossed over, apparently to allow more copy to be devoted to area residents' encounters with crime.

I am not so naive to believe that there isn't a crime problem in Pigtown. As a southwest community resident and current member of two community groups, I am well aware of the problems of any urban area.

But I am also aware of the various community groups working, both separately and apart, trying to make the neighborhood a better place to live.

I see the area churches taking an active part in tending to more than just the spiritual needs to the community. This year, St. Jerome's Catholic Church provided almost 200 families with a four-bag grocery order at Christmas. That's what the spirit of Pigtown is all about.

Marie C. Brannan


Naval Justice

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Granted, those who cheat on exams at the Naval Academy should not be allowed to profit from this.

So why are those identified in such activity in 1992 only being brought to task in 1994, virtually on the eve of their graduation?

It's the "Tailhook" thing all over again, in which my cousin was subjected to three separate investigations (and cleared each time) before he was allowed to resume command of the Blue Angels and to get on with his life.

These inept inquiries give the Navy a black eye and do no justice to anyone. Don't blame the honor code, only those lacking the guts to enforce it.

Paul E. Noell


New Turn

We've had the Immelmann Turn since the early days of combat aviation. Now we have the Inman Turn.

The Immelmann Turn is used to gain altitude while reversing the direction of flight. The Inman Turn will be used to lose altitude, while reversing the direction of flight.

C.G. Croyder


Jesus' Race

An interesting hypothesis is being introduced with the new Bible presented by the Rev. Cain Hope Felder (news article, Jan. 9). Undoubtedly there were Africans in the area where Jesus was born and lived.

Much trade flourished between the Middle East and Africa in those days. Many Africans may have become followers.

Jesus was not African. He was Middle Eastern, a Hebrew.

He probably was olive-skinned with dark eyes and hair, much like the Syrians and Lebanese of today. He would not have had blond hair and blue eyes and white skin.

The religious paintings that are so familiar to us were painted by artists (mostly Italian) in the early Middle Ages (11th century) and into the High Renaissance (14th and 15th centuries) who did not travel to the Middle East to see the coloring of the people there, and who used Europeans as models for their depictions.

Surely Africa and Africans had much influence on the entire area of the Middle East around the time of the beginnings of Christianity. Legend has it that one of the three Wise Men was African, and black.

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